There are many ways to describe Jane Bowman; Explorer, cave diver, PADI Course Director, pioneer for women in diving, and now, winner of the Industry Recognition Award too.
The award, announced at the OzTeK Gala Dinner in Sydney last month, acknowledges Jane’s far-reaching impact on the diving community.
Jane, of Ocean Divers in Australia, first fell in love with the underwater world over 20 years ago and hasn’t stopped exploring it since. In this time, she’s managed to get more than 8,000 dives under her (weight) belt – 2,000 of which have been in caves. From Australia to Florida, Mexico, and Vanuatu, Jane has explored parts of the world that others simply dream of.
This award is not the first time that Jane has been recognised as a leader of the diving community. In 2010, Jane was selected to be a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, a non-profit organisation whose members are the most accomplished and renowned women divers in the world. She was only the second Australian woman to be selected for this since its inception.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jane was also the first female Standards Director for the Cave Divers Association of Australia.
With experience like this, it’s not hard to see why Jane was selected to join the likes of Dr Simon Mitchell, Jayne Jenkins and Richard Evans as a recipient of the Industry Recognition Award.
Congratulations Jane, not only for this incredible award, but for your monumental contribution to the diving community as well.